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How Long-Term Injuries and Permanent Disabilities Affect the Value of a Claim

When someone is injured in an accident, they will most likely pursue compensation by filing a personal injury claim. By doing this, they should be able to recover enough compensation to pay for their medical bills, property damage, and lost wages.

Sadly, some accidents are so severe that they may leave the individual dealing with the aftermath of the injury for the duration of their life. In cases like these, individuals may be entitled to compensation that is multiple times greater than the cost of their immediate medical bills.

Permanent Disabilities

Medical treatment is not enough to completely heal all types of injuries. Some individuals may need years of ongoing physical therapy and may still be less able-bodied than they were prior to the accident.

Some types of permanent disabilities include:

  • Permanent limps
  • Loss of use of limbs
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back injuries

These injuries may require years on long-term treatment, such as rehabilitation or ongoing medical exams, simply to keep the injury from growing worse with time. Individuals who have sustained these injuries may seek compensation for long-term treatment as well as pain and suffering damages.

Scars and Disfigurement

One of the most common permanent residual injuries is scarring, which can be caused either by the original injury itself or by necessary medical treatment. Other types of disfigurement include loss of limbs or amputations.

Depending on the severity of the injury, individuals that have sustained these types of permanent injuries may be entitled to much more compensation related to emotional damages and loss of enjoyment of life. Factors that may be taken into consideration when determining these damage amounts include:

  • If the scarred part of the body is normally visible
  • The size of the scarred area
  • The overall appearance of the scar
  • How the scar may impact the person’s quality of life

It’s difficult to put a price on permanent disabilities and long-term impacts of injuries. These physical and emotional scars can be a daily reminder of the pain and suffering you had to endure. You shouldn’t have to settle for less than what you deserve.

At Briggle & Polan, we believe that negligent parties should be held accountable. Our team of legal advocates is here to fight for the full value of your claim so you obtain just compensation.

Contact Briggle & Polan at (512) 400-3278 to schedule your free consultation.